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There are 7 comments on Roman Totenberg Dies at 101

  1. Such a nice piece! I was really touched by how his daughter, Jill Totenberg, described him: ““He was the most supportive, nonjudgmental, uncomplicated, loving parent anyone could hope for.” … “It was a life in which we were surrounded by music all the time, a life in which music was the essence of who we were.”

  2. What an amazing life! He really accomplished quite! And – he still managed to have time for his family… My condolences to his children. God Bless.

  3. I had the pleasure of meeting Professor Totenberg just prior to Commencement exercises, as a member of President’s staff, the year he was awarded the Metcalf Prize. He was urbane, but unassuming–a most gracious gentleman. If only more people today would realize that such grace is a true art and gift in life.

  4. I had fond remeberances studying with Professor Totenberg, my studies began with him in around 1988 he agreed to take me on privately and I remembr it had taken me awhile to get started since I had some trouble with my health. He was very patient for me to come in eventually at a semi-regular basis. Where I would travel mostly to his home and sometimes to Boston University. Besides some great exchanges of ideas on performing, we had great times exchanging stories.
    He had also remeined me quite often that there were no boundaries and he understood my situation with my limitaitons of being able to get around and that he also had taken it into consideration that I had to travel a great distance from home a well. He had always made a point to call to see if I made it home all right. I am very glad and honoured to have met both Professor Totenberg and his wife Melanie, where they have made me an honoured guest in their home on many of an occasison. My mother and I will offer our pryers to him in remeberance. My mother has always thought the wold of Professor Totenberg, since she really believes that he had made a great differnce in my life as in away of being a musician. I wished I could have known him earlier, only because I could have had more time to even learn more. We will always miss him, but he will never be forgotten. Many blessings to the members of his family.

  5. This is a touching and highly relevant story. Great life for a great person. Professor Roman Totenberg was master of masters.Thanks for sharing about him.

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